Here's the page that can be somewhat intimidating. I know this isn't the most exciting aspect of the wedding day, but this is the one thing that can make or break your photography, time.
Below I've outline an ideal wedding day working off a 6 pm ceremony time frame. This ideal timeline is also based off of a wedding that includes a first look.
90% of my couples choose a first look, and you can read more about that on the first look page. Remember that all wedding days are different, and your timeline may differ due to travel times and unique situations.
Details: 30 minutes
Every bride loves having those beautiful shots of her bridal details. It's an important part of the story and I love having some time to shoot the dress, shoes, jewelry, invitations, etc. Please have all these details set aside and ready to be photographed. While I'm shooting details, I'm also capturing some shots of the bride and her girls getting ready. If the groom is getting ready nearby, our second shooter will begin photographing the guys getting ready close to 40 minutes before the first look since it always takes them less time to get dressed.
Bridal Prep: 45 minutes
After the details have been photographed, it's time for the bride to get into her dress. This is the big moment, I usually ask the mother of the bride and all of the bridesmaid's be dressed by the time the bride is ready to get into her dress. This ensures that everyone will look nice in those images. After the bride is in her gown, she can put on her jewelry, veil, shoes, etc and I will shoot some additional bridal portraits.
I will find the perfect location for my couple's First Look prior to the getting ready portion of the day. Don't stress about that one bit I will make sure the location is private and as secluded as possible.
Portraits: 30-45 minutes
After the you take some time with the First Look, I will begin take a few portraits of the two of you while the initial excitement is still present. As we shoot these portraits, the bridal party can start making their way to us for Bridal Party Portraits.
Bridal Party Portraits: 30 minutes
Now it's time for Bridal Party shots. I buffer in extra time throughout the day just in case we have some unexpected things that hold us up. One way to make sure we stay on schedule for bridal party portraits is to have someone put the boutonnieres on guys before they arrive for portraits. During Bridal Party Portraits, my second shooter and I will make sure to take some great shots of the guys and girls both separately and together. After the bridal party portraits are complete, the bride will go into hiding so that early guests don't sneak a peek, and the ushers will begin their duties.
Reception Details: 20 minutes
If the reception is in the same location as the ceremony, I will use this time to shoot the reception decor UNTOUCHED. If the ceremony and reception are in different locations, I recommend having a cocktail hour outside of the main reception area if possible. This will give me the chance to grab some great shots of your reception before guests start laying down purses and coats on their seats.
Ceremony: 30 minutes
It's time to get married! Most ceremonies are 30 minutes long. If your ceremony is longer than 30 minutes, we'll make adjustments to the timeline. Cherish these moments, your ceremony will pass by so quickly.
Family Portraits: 30 minutes
Family formals normally take place immediately following the ceremony. It's best to save all of the family formals until after the ceremony because all family members will present at that time. We'll need about 5minutes per family grouping, and I will send a questionnaire before the wedding where you can list out the shots that you want. I recommend shooting portraits outdoors if possible so that they resemble more natural family portraits, especially if the ceremony location is dark.
Sunset Portraits: 10 minutes
This is the best time of day for portraits. This is when the sun is nice and golden.
I will have my second shooter make a few rounds through cocktail hour, often time people are eating so we will try to grab as many candid shots as possible. In the meantime, I will be in the reception space capturing any last details and setting up lights,etc for the party ahead!
This is when the bridal party lines up for introductions and the party begins. By this part of the day, my timeline isn't as strict. I work off of the natural light and after the sun is set, my portrait time is over and I begin focusing on the reception events. We can step out at some point in the night if you would like a nighttime portrait.
I include 8 hours of coverage so that I can be present for the main events of the reception and about an hour of dancing. If you're interest in having your exit photographed, there are several options for this. You can either add additional coverage or plan a faux exit with just your bridal party. We have great success with this and the party never stops!